December 15th, 2017 – Single cells to single atoms

Grounds for Science


with Jesse Zhang and Justin Ondry

Friday, December 15, 2017 at 6:30 PM at Scarlet City Espresso Bar

Microfluidics and the Study of Single Cells

Our bodies are composed of tens of trillions of cells. Amazingly, recent advances in single cell studies show that no two of them are completely alike. Come learn about the field of microfluidics and how it is leading to new ways of studying single cells.

Patterned single cells in nano droplets

Jesse Zhang

Jesse Zhang is a 3rd year PhD student in the UC Berkeley – UCSF Bioengineering Graduate Program. In addition to having lived in Canada, China and Japan before moving to the US, his research journey has also taken him abroad. His research interests lie in applying tools from other engineering disciplines to the study of single cell biology. If he’s not in the lab, he’s most likely out exploring the mountains or trying out new recipes.

Seeing Atoms Using an Electron Microscope

We know all matter is made up of atoms, but atoms are so tiny and close together, we can’t see their precise arrangement using conventional microscopes. In this talk, we will first explore just how small and closely spaced atoms are compared to our macroscopic world. We will then learn how, after 80 years of development, we can use electrons to image atoms with unprecedented precision.

Electron microscope image of single particle

Justin Ondry

Justin Ondry is a graduate student in Physical Chemistry at UC Berkeley where he uses transmission electron microscopy to study defects in nanocrystals. Justin is originally from Truckee California and in his free time, he enjoys telemark skiing.

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